I’ve been trying to think up some good, summery Christmas salad ideas and one of the first thoughts that came to mind a was Caprese salad. This salad basically consists of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil – perfect Christmas colours and it always feels like such a treat too! Even though the roast capsicum is not an authentic ingredient, I thought it would be fun to make some little red stars from it in order to add even more festivity to the dish! (as it’s a bit tricky to make these from tomato)
I was so excited to find this carton of succulents waiting for me when I got up this Sunday morning. My Mum had just been over to a school fair where they were selling all sorts of cacti and brought these cute little ones home especially for me. I thought the egg carton was such a great temporary planter idea, especially for a gifting someone a wide range of plants (would be an awesome house warming or hostess gift), that I wanted to share it with you here!
A few books I’ve really enjoyed over the past month or so. One of these is a very recent release (Green Kitchen Travels) and the rest have all been published in the last few years. (Please note that I use affiliate links for these, you can find more info here).
1. Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations by Amanda Carestio. Some super cute craft ideas to make for Christmas using felt. I especially love the tree ornaments and garlands.
2. Green Kitchen Travels: Healthy Vegetarian Food Inspired by Our Adventures by David Frenkiel. This is from the writers of one of my favourite blogs Green Kitchen Stories. Even though I’m not a vegetarian, I’ve always loved their use of whole food ingredients, bold flavour and bright colour. The photography in this book is absolutely stunning too, I’ve actually only had the chance to flick through this so far but it’s on my Christmas wish-list!
3. Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy. This is the cutest book ever and has completely inspired me to garden more. I absolutely love all the little arrangements in quirky up-cycled planters. A few favourites include the eggshell garden (on the front cover), vintage teacups and a fairy garden.
4. 100 Organic Skincare Recipes: Make Your Own Fresh and Fabulous Organic Beauty Products by Jessica Ress. This book has so many great DIY beauty recipes and provided me with so much inspiration for creating my own too. Many of the recipes also use basic fresh (kitchen) ingredients so it’s more accessible to the majority of people.
5. Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking by Aran Goyoaga. The photography in this book is some of the best I’ve ever come across. It is so gorgeous, bright and colourful! The book is by the writer of Cannelle e Vanille and features lots of lovely gluten-free recipes. I am actually yet to try any recipes as I primarily got the book for the photos and it’s definitely worth having just for those!
6. Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Helene Dujardin. I’ve been working on my food styling lately and this is one of the books that has helped me the most. It has lots of great examples of shot styles, set-ups, lighting and equipment and is very encouraging to someone just starting out.
Each week, I love making a new colourful table centrepiece from flowers and pretty plants I grow in my garden. I usually like to make quite large arrangements during this time of year as there are so many flowers about to choose from. This time though, I decided to change things up a bit and go for something quite small and delicate. I’ve enjoyed this little arrangement so much that I thought I’d share it with you here as a simple Spring decor idea. It features some of my favourite things – Washi tape, sequins, a bud vase and of course flowers!
Hi everyone! I just have to be super quick today but wanted to make sure I got this one up before Halloween! These are some googely monster eyes I made during the week from white chocolate buttons/melts and melted dark chocolate. You can’t really get good Halloween lollies or chocolate here so I thought I’d have a go at making my own.
Even though we don’t really celebrate Halloween much here in Australia, I’ve always loved taking part in the tradition of pumpkin carving. Usually I’ve just stuck to simple jack-o-laterns, having them in the garden at night with a few candles, but after seeing so many wonderful no-carve ideas on PInterest over the past year, I decided I wanted to do something a little different this time. As I recently got some new gold spray paint and sheets of glitter paper, I knew I would have to include both of these things in the project!